Oxford enters unknown territory against all-Japanese squad

When Oxford takes the field for its Class C state semifinal baseball game against Keio Academy, it will enter unfamiliar territory against a virtually unknown opponent.

The Blackhawks face the Unicorns at 10 a.m. at Union-Endicott’s Pete Sylvester Field, and if they are able to pass that first test, it will come back at 4 p.m. for the state finals. “I like the way our offense is playing right,” said Oxford second-year coach Chris Palmer.

If you’re wondering if there is a but coming in Palmer’s statement, that “but” refers to the flip side of offense. “I can’t remember the last time we made less than four errors in a game – maybe against Sidney (a loss),” Palmer said. “We had about a 2 1/2-week stretch of games where we were making just one or two errors a game. I never would have guessed we’d be where we are now making that many errors a game.”

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